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THE RACE: Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen

TRACK: Watkins Glen International

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #22 of 36 for the 2011 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, August 14, 2011 in Watkins Glen, NY

Title Sponsor: Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:19pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-race: ESPN's NASCAR Countdown - 12:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: ESPN, 1:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Vince Welch, Dr. Jerry Punch
    NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace
    ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage: Tim Brewer

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 10:00am/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, August 15 at 12:00am/et on ESPN2
    Wednesday, August 17 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Race Fan TV


Radio Coverage/Shows/ Team


Event Schedule

Thursday, August 11

7:00 pm NSCS Hauler Enter (Parking Only)

Friday, August 12

7:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
12:00 pm - 1:50pm NSCS Practice
4:10 pm - 5:30pm NSCS Final Practice
7:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Saturday, August 13

7:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
11:40 am NSCS Qualifying
3:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Sunday, August 14

7:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
12:30 pm NSCS Drivers Intoductions
1:00 pm NSCS Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen Race

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track


Purse/Race Awards

2011: $4,784,935
2010: $4,816,919
2009: $4,934,858
2008: $4,895,379
2007: $4,800,931
2006: $4,705,975
2005: $4,625,176
2004: $4,615,500
2003: $3,954,655
2002: $3,634,749


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    a 2.45-mile paved road course.
    90 laps, 220.5 miles
    It has 11 turns with a variety of banking in turns ranging from 6 degrees to 10 degrees.
    The length of the frontstretch is 2,141 feet and the length of the backstretch is 1,839 feet.
    Watkins Glen International has hosted the race since 1986.
    Grandstand seating capacity: approx 41,000
    Opened: 1956

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Travel Channel's Adam Richman
    Command to start engines: Adam Richman
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    Invocation: Rev. David Fife
    U.S.A. National Anthem: Taylor Acorn
    Canadian National Anthem: not shown on tv
    Military Flyover: none shown

    Websites:
    Watkin's Glen International
    ISC Motorsports
    Watkins Glen International - Facebook
    Watkins Glen International - Twitter
    Watkins Glen International Guest Guide
    International Motor Racing Research Center at Watkins Glen

  • August 2010: see my Watkins Glen Info page

  • 2010 Race Winner: #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 91.960, started 3rd

  • Race Record: Mark Martin, 103.900mph, 8/13/1995

  • Slowest Race Record: Kyle Petty, 50.879mph, August 1992

  • Youngest Winner: Kyle Busch (08/10/2008 - 23 years, 3 months, 8 days)

  • Oldest Winner: Geoffrey Bodine (08/11/1996 - 47 years, 3 months, 24 days)

  • 2010 Pole Sitter: #99-Carl Edwards, 124.432, finished 5th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Jeff Gordon, August 2003, 124.580mph

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Steve Park, August 2000, started 18th

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Jeff Gordon (08/09/1998 - 27 years, 0 months, 5 days)

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Morgan Shepherd (08/13/1989 - 47 years, 10 months, 1 days)

  • Road Course Wins: All-Time
    Driver, Wins
    Jeff Gordon, 9
    Tony Stewart, 7
    Rusty Wallace, 6
    Bobby Allison, 6
    Richard Petty, 6
    Ricky Rudd, 6
    Darrell Waltrip, 5
    Tim Richmond, 5
    Dan Gurney, 5
    David Pearson, 4
    Mark Martin, 4
    Ernie Irvan, 3
    Geoff Bodine, 3
    Tim Flock, 3
    Cale Yarborough, 3

  • There are five race tracks the Sprint Cup Series currently races at that #48-Jimmie Johnson has not won a Sprint Cup race at:
    Watkins Glen: 0 for 9 with a best finish of 3rd in 8/2007
    Michigan: 0 for 18 with a best finish of 3rd in 8/2007
    Chicago: 0 for 9 with a best finish of 2nd in 7/2004 & 7/2008
    Homestead: 0 for 10 with a best finish of 2nd in 11/2004 & 11/2010
    Kentucky: 0 for 1 with a best finish of 3rd in 7/2011
    plus Johnson ran five races at Rockingham Speedway and didn't win there.(7-9-2011)

  • Road Course Ringers Hit The Glen: Every time a road course race pops up on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule, a few unfamiliar names appear on the entry list. They're the "road course ringers," and oftentimes they threaten to steal a victory. Usually, they fall short in that endeavor. The last time a "road course ringer" won a NASCAR Sprint Cup race was in 1973 when Mark Donohue won at Riverside International Raceway.
    Ringers to watch this weekend: Boris Said, Ron Fellows, P.J. Jones and Andrew Ranger.
    • Boris Said: With wild hair and a notebook-filling personality, Said has notched seven top 10s at road courses, including a third-place run at Watkins Glen in 2005. He finished 28th at Infineon Raceway in June. Said will be driving the #51 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet this weekend.
    • Ron Fellows: If only Fellows' NASCAR Nationwide Series road-course success could translate to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Fellows has four road-course wins in NASCAR Nationwide competition, including three at Watkins Glen. In the NASCAR Sprint Cup series, he's winless with two runner-up finishes at The Glen (1999, 2004). Fellows will run the #36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet this weekend.
    • P.J. Jones: His boss  Robby Gordon  could teach him a thing or two at Watkins Glen. Gordon won at The Glen in 2003, and has 10 road-course top 10s overall. Jones' numbers: two road-course top 10s in 18 starts. He'll run the #77 Robby Gordon Motorsports Dodge on Sunday.
    • Andrew Ranger: The two-time NASCAR Canadian Tire Series champion (2007, '09) will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut in the #32 FAS Lane Racing Ford. He has two road-course top 10s in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, at Road America and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.(NASCAR)(8-12-2011)

  • The Numbers for Watkins Glen:
    0 - fewest cautions (7/18/65)
    0 - fewest lead changes (8/4/57)
    0 - races won from outside a top-20 starting position
    1 - fewest leaders (8/4/57)
    2 - fewest on lead lap at finish (twice, most recent 7/18/65)
    3 - most poles (Mark Martin, Dale Earnhardt)
    4 - fewest laps led by race winner (Ricky Rudd, 8/14/88)
    4 - drivers with more than one pole
    5 - most wins (Tony Stewart)
    5 - drivers with more than one win at The Glen (Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Ricky Rudd, Rusty Wallace)
    6 - wins by car owner (Rick Hendrick)
    8 - number of jet dryers available for track drying this weekend at The Glen
    9 - wins from the pole
    10 - most cautions (8/13/06)
    11 - most leaders (twice, most recently 8/13/06)
    11 - fewest cars running at finish (7/18/65)
    14 - most lead changes (twice, most recent 8/13/06)
    16 - different pole winners
    17 - different race winners
    18 - worst starting position for race winner (Steve Park, 8/13/2000)
    34 - most cars on lead lap at finish (8/14/05)
    36 - most caution laps (8/14/88)
    40 - most cars running at finish (twice, most recent 8/10/03)
    83 - laps led by race winner (Tony Stewart, 8/14/05)
    120 minutes - approximate amount of time it takes to dry the 2.5-mile track
    2011 Caution Update
    4 - number of races extended beyond scheduled distance in 2011
    4 - fewest cautions this season (Fontana, Pocono)
    5 - number of cautions in last year's race at The Glen
    16 - most cautions this season (Daytona)
    157 - number of cautions in the first 21 races of 2011 (includes 72 for accidents, 38 for debris and 23 for spins)
    739 of 5,956 - number of laps under caution in 2011
    1,067.311 of 8,534.858 - miles under caution in the first 21 races
    (Darnell Communications for Dodge Motorsports)(8-11-2011)

  • At Watkins Glen International:
    After several events were held on the streets of Watkins Glen, a permanent facility was opened in 1956.
    The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was in 1957, won by Buck Baker.
    After a six-year absence, NASCAR returned to The Glen in 1964 and 1965.
    After a 21-year absence, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returned to The Glen, and has run one race a year there since 1986. This weekend's race will be the 26th running since its return in 1986.
    There have been 28 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Watkins Glen International since the first race there in 1957.
    Buck Baker won the first pole and race.
    Tim Richmond won the first pole and race upon the series' return in 1986.
    There have been 16 different pole winners.
    The race winner has started first in nine of 28 races. The last race winner to start from the pole was Kyle Busch in 2008.
    Mark Martin leads all drivers with wins from the pole with three in a row between 1993, 1994 and 1995.
    18 of the 28 races at Watkins Glen have been won from a top-five starting position.
    20 of the 28 races at Watkins Glen have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    The deepest in the field that a Watkins Glen race winner has started was 18th by Steve Park in 2000. 17 different drivers have won races, led by Tony Stewart, with five.
    Jeff Gordon set the all-time NASCAR Sprint Cup record for road-course victories with his victory in 2001, his seventh on a road course. He has since won two more (both at Infineon Raceway), for a career total of nine.
    Three active drivers with more than one start have an average finish in the top 10: Marcos Ambrose (2.6 in three starts), Tony Stewart (5.4 in 12 starts), Carl Edwards (8.1 in six starts), Mark Martin (8.2 in 21 starts) and AJ Allmendinger (9.3 in three starts).(8-9-2011)

  • For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski's Watkins Glen International Track News/Rumors/Links page


Practice & Qualifying Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, August 12, 12:00 - 1:50pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, August 12, 4:10 - 5:30pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Qualifying: 1 lap for positions 1-42, Saturday, August 13 at 11:40 am/et, TV-SPEED, re-air scheduled at 9:00pm/et.


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Ambrose wins at Watkins Glen: #9-Marcos Ambrose won the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International on Monday after the race was postponed Sunday because of rain. It is his 1st career win and he becomes the 5th first time winner of 2011 and the 15th different winner for the year.
    #2-Keselowski finished 2nd followed by #18-Busch, #56-Truex, Tr., #20-Logano, #29-Harvick, #42-Montoya, #43-Allmendinger, #31-Burton, and #48-Johnson.
    The race ended under caution after a wreck on the last lap between #6-Ragan and #00-Reutimann that caused Reutimann's car to flip.
    #99-Edwards finished 13th and lost the points lead to #18-Kyle Busch. The two drivers are now tied with 752 points.
    There were 14 lead changes among 9 drivers and 5 cautions for 13 yellow flag laps. The attendance is listed as 85,000, down from 90,000 last year.
    Scheduled Race Re-Air:
    SPEED, Wednesday, August 17 at 12:00pm/et
    See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's Watkins Glen Race Results/Awards page.(8-15-2011)

  • Race Fast Facts - Watkins Glen:
    Marcos Ambrose won the 26th Annual Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen, his first victory in 105 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and seventh top-10 finish in 2011.
    This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in four races at Watkins Glen International.
    Brad Keselowski (second) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Watkins Glen International. It is his seventh top-10 finish in 2011.
    Kyle Busch (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish in seven races at Watkins Glen International.
    Andy Lally (21st) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Kyle Busch leads the point standings by 0 points over Carl Edwards.
    Ambrose became the fifth different first-time winner this season, most since 2002.
    Last time Todd Parrot won was at Talladega on Oct. 2, 2005.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-15-2011)

  • 2011 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Watkins Glen, race 22 of 36]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #18-Kyle Busch [3 wins], 752
    2) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 752, -0
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 746, -6
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 738, -14
    5) #17-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 724, -28
    6) #22-Kurt Busch [1 win], 712, -40
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon [2 wins], 700, -52
    8) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 686, -66
    9) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 670, -82
    10) #14-Tony Stewart, 659, -93
    current wild cards
    11) #2-Brad Keselowski [2 wins], 601, -151 [14th in points, 2 wins]
    12) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 626, -126 [12th in points, 1 win]
    others in contension for the wild card
    14) #27-Paul Menard [1 win], 599, -153 [15th in points, 1 win]
    Three race winners are not inside the top-20: #9-Ambrose is 22nd, 1 point out of 20th; #6-David Ragan is 23rd, 5 pts out of 20th; #78-Smith is 25th, 82 pts out of 20th
    NOTE: wild cards are drivers not in the chase with a win as long as they are in the top-20 in points, then if no wins by drivers points
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(8-15-2011)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Michigan:
    #71 increases it's lead to 19 over 36th in owners pts, the #7 team.
    33) #13-Mears/Germain, 315, +47
    34) #32-Ranger/FAS Lane, 305, +37
    35) #71-Lally/TRG, 287, 19 points ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #7-Gordon/Wimmer/RGM, 268, 19 points out of top 35
    37) #38-Kvapil/Front Row, 249, -38
    38) #21-Bayne/Wood Brothers, 218,-69
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(8-15-2011)

  • Penalty Report - Watkins Glen:
    Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
    #13, Pre-Race to the rear, engine change
    #66, Pre-Race to the rear, missing driver introductions
    #13, 1, Jumping the start, pass thru - changing lanes at the start
    #66, 7, Speed-Exiting pits, pass thru
    #66, 9, Safety violation, pit
    #6, 28, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #16, 28, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #16, 28, Speed-Entering pits, tail end
    #38, 29, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #00, 32, Safety violation, pit - bumper bar loose
    #38, 50, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end 52 #32, 77, Safety violation, pit - smoke
    #38, 79, Safety violation, pit - smoke
    (NASCAR Statistics)(8-14-2011)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Watkins Glen: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #36-Fellows, 30th
    Caution 2: #51-Said, 22nd
    Caution 3: #5-Martin, 25th
    Caution 4: #16-Biffle, 31st
    Caution 5: none, race ended
    (8-14-2011)

  • Race Coverage of the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is scheduled for Sunday, August 14, 2011.
    Television (TV): ESPN at 1:00 pm/et; NSCS Countdown pre-race show at 12:00 pm/et; green flag approx 1:19pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2, Monday, August 15 at 12:00 am/et; SPEED, Wednesday, August 17 at 12:00pm/et

  • Watkins Glen race postponed to Monday: A solid band of rain that moved into Watkins Glen just as the race was scheduled to get underway has forced NASCAR to postpone the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen. Prerace festivities were able to be completed, but the race was unable to get started and NASCAR made the decision to postpone at 4:30pm/et. The race has been rescheduled for 10am/et Monday and will be shown live on ESPN. The weather forecast for Monday is currently for a 60% chance of rain. See some weather links on my Watkins Glen Race Page - weather section.(8-14-2011)

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International have been made.
    Pole sitter #18-Kyle Busch chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #43-Allmendinger took pit stall 37, the first pitstall with an opening behind it..
    #9-Ambrose, who starts 3rd took the 38th pit stall, with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #51-Said, who starts 15th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(8-13-2011)

  • NASCAR Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the Green-White-Checker rule page.(2-11-2010)

  • Wave-around rule: The wave-around rule dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around.(10-11-2009)

  • See Jayski's - 2011 Sprint Cup Race Results Page for pole winner, race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES
info, news, speeds and links

  • Kyle Busch wins Watkins Glen pole: #18-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light pole for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International with a speed of 126.421mph. It is his 1st pole of the season and the 8th of his career. #43-Allmendinger starts 2nd followed by #9-Ambrose, #48-Johnson, #42-Montoya, #39-Newman, #14-Stewart, #99-Edwards, #56-Truex, Jr., and #78-Smith.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #87-Nemechek, #37-Speed, #55-Yeley, #7-Gordon, #66-McDowell, #50-Bell, #60-Skinner, and #38-Labonte (who used the past champion provisional).
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (3): #35-Blaney, #46-Simo, #77-Jones.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my Watkins Glen Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page. (8-12-2011)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Watkins Glen:
    Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 26th Annual Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen with a lap of 69.767 seconds, 126.421 mph, a new track record. Previous record was held by Jeff Gordon with a speed of 124.580 mph (8/10/2003).
    This is his eighth pole in 244 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and eighth top-10 start in 2011.
    This is his first pole in seven races at Watkins Glen International.
    A J Allmendinger (second) posted his ninth top-10 start of 2011 and his second in four races at Watkins Glen International.
    Marcos Ambrose (third) posted his second top-10 start at Watkins Glen International. It is his sixth in 22 races this season.
    Andy Lally (36th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-12-2011)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is scheduled for Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 11:40am/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED, 11:30am/et
    Qualifying Re-Air: 9:00pm/et on SPEED

  • Qualifying Order for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is posted. 46 cars/drivers are listed. Go-or-go homers are now mixed in with the top-35 drivers, slowest by fastest in first practice.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #60-Skinner, slowest in practice.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #18-Busch, who was fastest in first practice.
    Qualifying order is set by the first practice session, with slowest driver going out by speed and the fastest going out last. The non-top 35 drivers are now mixed in with the top-35 in owners points, slowest to fastest.
    See the full qualifying order on the Watkins Glen Qualifying Page.(8-12-2011)

  • Final practice for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is over, after 80 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and any notes:
    #9-Ambrose 126.604
    #22-Busch 125.795
    #99-Edwards 125.761
    #2-Keselowski 125.722
    #56-Truex, Jr. 125.636
    slowest: #32-Ranger 121.464 & #60-Skinner 121.371
    notes: #17-Kenseth spun on his first lap in turn 5 while trying to avoid #7-Gordon.
    See speeds, average speeds, laps run on the Watkins Glen Practice Speeds Page. (8-12-2011)

  • Practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #37-Scott Speed, 14th
    #7-Robby Gordon, 18th
    #55-J.J. Yeley, 22nd
    #66-Michael McDowell, 27th
    #35-Dave Blaney, 35th
    #77-P.J. Jones, 36th
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 38th
    #38-Terry Labonte [PC], 44th
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #46-Brian Simo, 42nd
    #50-T.J. Bell, 43rd
    #60-Mike Skinner, 46th
    [PC] = [past champion and order, 1 is more recent champ]

  • 1st Friday practice for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is over after 110 minutes, the top five, slowest and any notes:
    #18-Busch 125.566
    #42-Montoya 125.557
    #43-Allmendinger 125.544
    #39-Newman 125.233
    #2-Keselowski 125.185
    slowest: #37-Speed 119.769 & #6-Skinner 119.428.
    notes: #7-Gordon started smoking early in the session but the team diagnosed it as trouble with the power steering line. #14-Stewart spun a couple times, but didn't hit anything. #13-Mears blew an engine.
    See speeds, average speeds, laps run on the Watkins Glen Practice Speeds Page.(8-12-2011)

  • Practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 35th
    #46-Brian Simo, 36th
    #55-J.J. Yeley, 37th
    #7-Robby Gordon, 38th
    #38-Terry Labonte [PC], 40th
    #35-Dave Blaney, 41st
    #77-P.J. Jones, 42nd
    #66-Michael McDowell, 43rd
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #50-T.J. Bell, 44th
    #37-Scott Speed, 45th
    #60-Mike Skinner, 46th
    [PC] = [past champion and order, 1 is more recent champ]

  • Another new twist to the qualifying format: Starting at Kentucky Speedway, there will be a rain-out qualifying procedure change for all three NASCAR national series. If first practice is run, but qualifying is unable to take place, the starting lineup will be based on speeds from the car's fastest lap from the first practice, with top-35 cars in owner points no longer segregated from the non-top 35 cars. Previously, the top 35 cars lined up in front of all other eligible car owners.(NASCAR)(7-7-2011)

  • The Entry List for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    some driver changes include:
    #46-Brian Simo; #32-Andrew Ranger; #36-Ron Fellows; #51- Boris Said
    Not in top 35 of owners points:
    #7-Robby Gordon (36/21)
    #35-Dave Blaeny (50/3)
    #37-Scott Speed (39/21)
    #38-Terry Labonte (Past Champ 1996)(37/21)
    #46-Brian Simo (40/21)
    #50-T.J. Bell (51/7)
    #55-J.J. Yeley (53/3)
    #60-Mike Skinner (43/21)
    #66-Michael McDowell (42/21)
    #77-P.J. Jones (55/4)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (41/21)
    In the event that qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 38,7,37,46,87,66,60,50
    missing the race would be [3]: #'s 77,35,55
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Watkins Glen Entry List.(8-8/12-2011)

    #77-P.J. Jones (55/4)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (41/21)
    In the event that qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 38,7,37,46,87,66,60,50
    missing the race would be [3]: #'s 77,35,55
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Watkins Glen Entry List.(8-8-2011)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Watkins Glen:
    #71 increases it's lead to 16 over 36th in owners pts, the #7 team.
    33) #32-Bliss/FAS Lane, 296, +48
    34) #13-Mears/Germain, 291, +43
    35) #71-Lally/TRG, 264, 16 points ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #7-Gordon/Wimmer/RGM, 248, 16 points out of top 35
    37) #38-Kvapil/Front Row, 239, -25
    38) #21-Bayne/Wood Brothers, 218,-46
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(8-7-2011)

  • 2011 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Pocono, race 21 of 36]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 720
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 711, -9
    3) #18-Kyle Busch [3 wins], 709, -11
    4) #22-Kurt Busch [1 win], 706, -15
    5) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 700, -20
    6) #17-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 694, -27
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon [2 wins], 668, -52
    8) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 658, -62
    9) #14-Tony Stewart, 642, -78
    10) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 641, -79
    current wild cards
    11) #2-Brad Keselowski [2 wins], 558, -162 [18th in points, 2 wins]
    12) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 618, -102 [11th in points, 1 win]
    others in contension for the wild card
    14) #27-Paul Menard [1 win], 587, -133 [14th in points, 1 win]
    19) #6-David Ragan [1 win], 556, -164 [19th in points, 1 win]
    One race winner is not inside the top-20: #78-Smith is 26th, 74 pts out of 20th
    NOTE: wild cards are drivers not in the chase with a win as long as they are in the top-20 in points, then if no wins by drivers points
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(8-7-2011)


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PAINT SCHEME NEWS

Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
#1-Jamie McMurray McDonalds #1 Team Schemes Page
#16-Greg Biffle Valvoline #16 Team Schemes Page
#24-Jeff Gordon DuPont #24 Team Schemes Page
#39-Ryan Newman National Guard #39 Team Schemes Page
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard #88 Team Schemes Page
#99-Carl Edwards Ortho #99 Team Schemes Page

Paint Scheme news and links on the Paint Schemes Gallery


Some Chassis Selections by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for Watkins Glen: see the list of many teams and what chassis were selected by the team to run at Watkins Glen International for the Sprint Cup Series Race:
    #1-Jamie McMurray: The #1 McDonald's Chevy team has elected to bring chassis number #1012 to Watkins Glen International this weekend. This chassis was most recently run at Infineon in June when McMurray drove to a 15th-place finish. This car also ran at both road course races in 2010, coming home 15th at Infineon and sixth at Watkins Glen.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: The #2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will race chassis PRS-741 during Sunday's Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen at Watkins Glen International. This is a brand-new chassis to the #2 fleet.
    #5-Mark Martin: Crew chief Lance McGrew has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-674 for Sunday's race at Watkins Glen. This is the same chassis that Martin raced at Infineon in June. The team also tested chassis 5-674 at Road Atlanta last month.
    #6-David Ragan: Primary: RK-762 Brand new chassis; Backup: RK-773 Last ran Sonoma - finished 29th
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The #9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 761 for the 220.5-mile event at Watkins Glen International. This Stanley Ford Fusion has been run previously this season at Infineon Raceway.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-660: This car made its debut in June at the Toyota/Save Mart 350k at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. Prior to its first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start, Chassis No. 14-660 was tested on May 16 at Virginia International Raceway in Alton. The testing paid off, as Stewart drove the car from his 20th-place starting spot to lead three laps. He seemed destined for at least a second-place finish, as race-winner Kurt Busch was strong throughout the 110-lap race, but a dust-up with Brian Vickers with less than 25 laps remaining left Stewart upended on a stack of tires in turn 11. The damage was extensive enough that Stewart could not finish the race, and he recorded his first-ever DNF in 25 career road-course starts. Fully rebuilt, Chassis No. 14-660 returns to action this weekend at Watkins Glen for the second and final road-course race of the season.
    #17-Matt Kenseth: Primary: RK-771 (Brand new chassis)
    #18-Kyle Busch: Chassis No. 305: This chassis will make its second-ever start in the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen Sunday afternoon at Watkins Glen International. No. 305 made its first start during the first road-course event of 2011 in the June Toyota Save/Mart 350k at Infineon Raceway. Busch started 19th and brought home solid 11th-place finish.
    #20-Joey Logano: Crew Chief Greg Zipadelli and the #20 Home Depot Team are taking chassis #306 to Watkins Glen this weekend. Logano drove this chassis for the first time at Infineon Raceway in June. He started from the pole and earned his first top 10 at a road course in his three-year Sprint Cup career. The back-up chassis is #234 that Logano drove at Watkins Glen and Sonoma last season.
    #22-Kurt Busch: and his Steve Addington-led "Double-Deuce" crew will be racing their "PRS-742" Charger this weekend at Watkins Glen International. This is the same car that Busch, Addington and crew debuted in spectacular fashion in the June 26 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway. Busch started 11th in that race, but quickly moved to the front. After clearing Denny Hamlin for the lead on Lap 13, he went on to lead four times for 76 laps en route to a dominant 2.685-second victory over runner-up Jeff Gordon.
    #27-Paul Menard: will pilot Chassis No. 361 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This #27 Chevy is a brand new addition to the RCR fleet for the 2011 season and will make its first paces this weekend at Watkins Glen International.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will race chassis No. 321 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. The #29 team utilized this car in last season's event at The Glen where Harvick scored an 11th-place finish.
    #31-Jeff Burton: will race chassis No. 245 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new in 2009 as a #07 racer, this machine was put through two short track tests and then shelved before being converted to a road course #31 racer. It was put through its first competition at Infineon Raceway in June 2010 where the South Boston, Va., native finished 27th before rebounding at Watkins Glen International a couple of months later when No. 31 team took home a ninth-place finish. Earlier this season, Burton piloted this Caterpillar Chevy to a 21st-place result at Infineon Raceway in June.
    #33-Clint Bowyer: will pilot chassis No. 300 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This Chevy, built in 2010 specifically for road course racing, has seen action three times - the first being a 31st-place finish last season at Infineon Raceway and also last August at Watkins Glen International when Bowyer brought home a 32nd-place effort. Most recently, Bowyer drove this racer to a fourth-place finish earlier this year after starting ninth at Infineon Raceway in June.
    #36-Ron Fellows: will get behind the wheel of the No. 65 TBR chassis. Dave Blaney drove the chassis this season at Infineon Raceway. He started 36th and drove up to 11th before on-track contact relegated the team to a 31st-place finish.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: The #42 Target team will bring Chassis #1014 to Watkins Glen International for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen. Montoya used this chassis back at Infineon in June where he was running up front until an on-track incident caused him to finish 22nd. The Target team also ran this car in both road course races last season when Montoya went to Victory Lane for the first time at Watkins Glen International in August, and drove it to a 10th-place finish at Infineon.
    #43-A.J. Allmendinger: The #43 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 760 for this weekend's event at Watkins Glen International. This Best Buy Ford Fusion has been run previously this season at Infineon (Sonoma, Calif.) Raceway.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: will pilot chassis No. 543 in Sunday's event. He last drove that car at Infineon Raceway in June. Johnson finished seventh in backup chassis No. 442 at Watkins Glen in 2008.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr.: This weekend, crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-601. Earnhardt last ran this car at Infineon Raceway in June, when he finished 41st after being collected in an early, multi-car incident. His No. 88 Chevy sustained radiator damage and ultimately lost engine power as a result.
    #99-Carl Edwards: RK-758 - Most recently ran at Sonoma in June, finished third.
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(8-12-2011)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Road Course Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: 1,975; Nationwide: 1,000

    Set limits: Sprint Cup:
    5 sets for practice/qualifying and 6 sets for race;
    Nationwide: 6 sets for the weekend

    Tire Codes:
    D-4468 (same tire code on all four tire positions)

    Tire Circumference:
    88.6 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 23 psi; Right Front -- 23 psi;
    Left Rear -- 20 psi; Right Rear -- 20 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 22 psi; Right Front -- 20 psi;
    Left Rear  17 psi; Right Rear -- 17 psi

    Estimated Pit Window:
    Every 27-30 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).

    Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same Goodyear tire code (D-4468) at Watkins Glen this weekend . . . NASCAR teams run the same tire code on all four tire positons on road courses . . . Nationwide teams ran this tire at Elkhart Lake earlier this season . . . this is the first time teams in either of these two series have run this code at Watkins Glen . . . compared to what was run at The Glen last season, this tire features the same compound, but returns to the stiffer sidewall construction that was run in 2009 . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Watkins Glen.

    Wet Weather Tires: Goodyear will also bring 800 wet weather radials (D-4215) to Watkins Glen for use by Nationwide Series teams only, should NASCAR decide that conditions warrant.


Race / Cup Odds

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